Aug. 23, 2013, 12:08 p.m.'People' profiled this story about Jed, who was about to be sent to a mental institution when he was adopted by a gay couple.Read Now
July 25, 2013, 10:39 a.m.The Dog-Gone questions about gay adoption.Read Now
July 22, 2013, 10:21 a.m.Russia’s president, Vladimir V. Putin, has declared war on homosexuals. So far, the world has mostly been silent.Read Now
April 23, 2013, 6:29 p.m.Story courtesy the BBC France has become the 14th country to approve a law allowing gay marriage. The bill, which also legalizes adoption by same-sex couples, was passed by 321 votes to 225 in the French parliament. The decision follows a divisive public debate with some of the biggest protests seen in France in recentRead Now
May 12, 2012, 10:09 p.m.If you’re a straight couple, and you had your first kid in your twenties or thirties, and he or she wants a brother or sister, and you’re down with that, you have a process you have to follow. I’m not saying it’s always easy to have sex when you’ve already got a kid, but ifRead Now
April 4, 2012, 4:37 a.m.I’ve mentioned it in an earlier column, but Ian and I have been recertified as foster adoptive parents, to see if we can find one more member for our family, a little brother or a little sister for Mikey. We’ve received a couple phone calls about possible placements – a little boy and a babyRead Now
Nov. 21, 2011, 10:16 p.m.Read Now
We get a lot of compliments about adopting a child out of foster care, which is nice, I’m not complaining. No child enters into the foster care system without a truly terrible story, so people conjure up a classic Dickens drama with us cast as the kindly, middle-class couple who sweep in and save the day.
Other people think there is something that seems riskier about bringing a child into your home who may have been exposed to drugs, neglect, and abuse, so we are seen as brave as well as charitable. Even if you’re the kind of asshole who lectures parents about overpopulation and about how irresponsible it is to bring a child into a world like this, we still get a pass. We’re raising a child, but we didn’t create him in the first place.
Nov. 1, 2011, 11:14 p.m.Read Now
You know, people ask me what my favorite holiday is, and I always say it's my birthday because why would your favorite holiday not be the day dedicated to yourself. Right? But then Christmas is kind of nice with the tree, and presents, and (some of) the songs, plus the time off. Which is always nice. The 4th of July has fireworks and happens during the hottest time of the year, which I appreciate in a holiday.
But I've always thought I should be the Halloween guy.
For a pretty happy, marbles-together more or less guy, I'm a morbid fellow. I can talk about Jack the Ripper and modern serial killers to an alarming degree of detail. Possibly prodded by me, my brother and I wrote seventy-eighty gazillion horror screenplays, including a couple that were good enough to make us a few bucks.
The point is, I can be dark if I want to.
But the closest I got to being really enthusiastic about Halloween occurred in about 1980. I was ten, and it was the year that the second Stars Wars movie came out, and if you weren't talking about Darth Vader being Luke's father, you were talking like or talking about the new character, who was eclipsing Harrison Ford in charisma and raw, animal sex appeal: Yoda.
Passing by the coolest costume shop in Dayton, Ohio, I saw the mask of Yoda too amazingly perfect to be believed. My mom said I could be Yoda, if I promised to be Yoda for the next 20 years. I readily accepted that deal for that mask.
Jan. 26, 2011, 8:47 a.m.
An angry shopper and tweeter at Harps grocery store in Mountain Home, Arkansas notes that the store wants to protect children from a magazine cover featuring gay parents. (Elton and David of all people)
Harps Phone # is 870-425-6556.
I suppose we find this jaw dropping in MOST of the civilized world, but we have to remember that this is the bible belt of America- where being Gay is NOT OK and even with advancements made in recent months, the US is still a thrid world country when it comes to LGBT rights.
Regardless- call this grocery store to voice your opinion.Read Now